Dan Bennett – Whitby Bass Club – Common Skate Record, Isle Of Skye
Whilst fishing with fellow members of The Whiby Bass Club – www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk, Daniel Bennett has landed the biggest common skate ever reported from the shore.
Dan’s amazing catch weighed 208lbs and was made in Kilmalaug Bay at the northern tip of The Isle Of Skye. The huge specimen took a mackerel fillet fished on the bottem and took a full hour to land.
More amazing is the fact it was caught and landed on a 60lb snood (Wire) and 60lb braid (Power pro). Dan used a Penn Affinity 16ft Beachcaster coupled with Shimano Ultegra 14000XSC fixed spool reel.
To put the size of the fish into perspective :
- That fish weighed 208lbs.
- Fully-stocked fridge: 215lbs
- Sir Steve Redgrave in his prime: 220lbs
- Female Eastern Lowland gorilla: 200lbs
- Vespa moped: 197lbs
- Heavyweight boxer: over 200lbs
The catch, which was 88.25 inches long by 66.75 inches wide, has now been confirmed by the British Record Fish Committee as the largest fish caught on its current list.
Although the fish was not weighed at the scene, because the anglers did not have scales, the weight was worked out by The Shark Trust – a UK conservation charity – based on the measurements of the fish.
Before that, the largest fish caught from British shores was a 159lb skate, which was reeled in on the Isle of Lewis in 1994.
Those anglers have since become ‘local celebrities’ on Skye – but Mr Bennett says his girlfriend, Philippa, is not quite as impressed.
Mr Bennett, who works in Whitby Angling Supplies Tackle Shop said: ‘My partner is not really that interested, but she’s proud of me nonetheless.
‘I think people outside the angling world find it harder to see how much of a feat this is.
‘West Scotland is known for skate fishing but not Skye. We were the first to catch one there for at least 30 or 40 years.
‘There was another chap in our group who caught one and it was about 120lb. We thought we’d never find one any bigger – then we did an hour later.’
Nick Simmonds, secretary of the British Record Fish Committee, said: ‘There is not a larger fish recorded as being caught on our current record list.
‘Once we receive pictures from Dan we will pass them on to our scientist who will check the images and hopefully confirm the unofficial record.
‘It can’t be confirmed as a record as it was not weighed at the scene.
‘It will be seriously considered for the Notable Fish List, which was created for situations like this where the fish cannot be weighed. This list is historically important, at least in the angling world.’
More pictures of Dans amazing catch can be seen on the website – www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk
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